Of or constituting a transitive verb that renders to a thing a certain character or status and that in English can take an objective complement modifying its direct object, such as make in That makes me angry, or elect in We elected him Treasurer.
(gram.) Designating or of a verb that expresses the idea of making, calling, or thinking something to be of a certain character, using a noun, pronoun, or adjective as a complement to its direct object (Ex.: make the dress short, elect him mayor)
Origin of factitive
- New Latin factitīvus from Latin factitāre to do, practice frequentative of facere to do dhē- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition